A special children’s concert will open the new season of the Saffron Walden Symphony Orchestra.
The first community orchestra concert of the 2021/2022 season will take place on Saturday October 2 at 3 p.m. at St Mary’s Church, Church Path, Saffron Walden.
The program includes music composed by Bernard Hughes to accompany the stories of popular books “Not now Bernard” and ‘Isabel’s noisy belly’, both written and illustrated by David McKee.
Not now, Bernard carries different messages at the same time.
For children it is the story of a boy eaten by a monster, while for adults it is a warning about being too busy to engage with our children.
After a happy opening for the orchestra alone, we are introduced to Bernard. He’s just an ordinary boy, but Bernard’s parents are usually too busy to care for him.
“Not now, Bernard” were the words most often said to him.
But Bernard knew there was a monster in the garden and he was afraid he would devour it.
The music helps the story unfold as Bernard’s parents continue to not notice what is happening.
Isabel’s loud belly is all about a rumbling belly, which Isabel’s classmates have a lot of fun with.
One day, Isabel’s class goes to the zoo and Isabel’s belly saves the day. You will have to wait to find out how.
Bernard Hughes’ music is colorful, cheerful and exciting, with lots of fascinating sounds, especially from the percussion section, which includes interesting instruments such as a Swanee whistle, whip, hammer and nail and vibraslap.
The SWSO concert will also include two other pieces. The first is that of Edward Grieg In the room of the king of the mountain.
This is the story of Peer Gynt, a boy who falls in love with a girl, but they are forbidden to marry.
The other room is The Gnome by Mussorgsky Images of an exhibition.
In this short track, you can hear the gnome leaping from behind the bushes, crawling through the hedges, and generally being a scary little guy.
Tickets for the concert cost Â£ 12 for adults and Â£ 5 for those under 18 and over 65.
They are available from www.saffronsymphony.org/forthcoming-events/ or can be purchased at the Saffron Walden Tourist Information Center at 1 Market Street.